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"One of the items on the phone bill, one that’s more than doubled in real terms in price is often referred to as ‘FCC line charge.’ Now, that sounds like the Federal Communications Commission is imposing a fee on you — presumably to finance the FCC. In fact, that is the charge paid to connect to the long-distance system: It goes entirely to the phone companies; it doesn’t go to the government. And the FCC has something called ‘a requirement for plain English language,’ so people can understand their phone bills. And here is a perfect example of the misuse of language to confuse people and not have them understand what they’re really paying for."

- David Cay Johnston on The Fine Print of Phone Bills  View in High-Res

    "One of the items on the phone bill, one that’s more than doubled in real terms in price is often referred to as ‘FCC line charge.’ Now, that sounds like the Federal Communications Commission is imposing a fee on you — presumably to finance the FCC. In fact, that is the charge paid to connect to the long-distance system: It goes entirely to the phone companies; it doesn’t go to the government. And the FCC has something called ‘a requirement for plain English language,’ so people can understand their phone bills. And here is a perfect example of the misuse of language to confuse people and not have them understand what they’re really paying for."

    - David Cay Johnston on The Fine Print of Phone Bills 

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